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3 tips for writing thank-you cards after a job interview

By: Anissa Gabbara

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It’s post-graduation, and many of us already have several job interviews lined up. One of the most important things you can do besides NAIL the interview is to let the interviewer know that you appreciate his or her time and consideration by sending a thank-you card. Not only is sending a thank-you card a thoughtful gesture, but it makes you stand out from other candidates. Believe it or not, your competition may not be writing thank-you cards. Plus, it gives you another opportunity to express why you’d be the perfect fit for the position.

Here are three tips on writing a great thank-you card:

  1. Keep it short and sweet.

One or two paragraphs is all you need to make a great impression on the employer. Always thank the employer in the first line, and let him or her know you enjoyed the interview and still have interest in joining the team. Additionally, you should reiterate what makes you the perfect person for the job by emphasizing your strongest skills. Wrap up the card by thanking the employer once again, and leave the door open by letting the person know how you look forward to hearing from him or her.

  1. Personalize each card for each interviewer.

Panel interviews are quite common, and if you happen to have one, be sure to write a personalized card for each person who interviewed you. Once everyone on the panel receives your cards, it’s likely they will compare what you’ve written for each person and trust me, you don’t want each card to be identical. To personalize a thank-you card, point out something each person said during the interview that sparked your interest, or just a particular moment in the conversation you enjoyed. This shows you were genuinely engaged in the conversation and employers remember that.

  1. Send it out promptly.

Mail out your thank-you cards within 24 hours of the interview to ensure the employer receives it before making a final selection. With lots of competition out there, you can be easily forgotten, so it’s crucial that you send out your thank-you card ASAP to keep yourself at the forefront of the interviewer’s mind.

Anissa Gabbara is a senior at Eastern Michigan University studying public relations with a double minor in communications and marketing. She currently serves as the vice president of public relations on EMU PRSSA’s E-board. She has an interest in celebrity PR and hopes to one day work with some of the biggest names and corporations in the entertainment world. She plans to hone her craft while becoming a valuable source of information to others. You can follow her on Twitter @AnissaGabbara.  

 

 

 

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Thoughts to consider when attending a conference

Next week, I’m attending the PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. This will be the third year in a row that I’ve been able to attend the conference. Previously, I went to Orlando, Fla. in 2011 and San Francisco, Calif. in 2012.

During my previous two trips, I’ve learned a lot about attending conferences and making the most of the incredible opportunity.

So, I want to share those with you – because I know that you, as future leaders of EMU PRSSA, will one day get to attend National Conference (or other PRSSA national/regional conferences like National Assembly and Leadership Rally!) and could use some of this information that I’ve been so lucky to learn.

You can even use these tips for other conferences you may attend that have nothing to do with PRSSA!

PRSSA National Conference 2011

PRSSA National Conference 2011

Network. At national conference, you’ll meet a LOT of fellow PRSSA students and a LOT of PR professionals. Make sure you introduce yourself to these people and listen to what they have to say.

Making this connection (more on this later) could help you in your job hunt. Also, at the end of a session introduce yourself to the speaker(s) of the workshop. Thank them for the their presentation and advice, introduce yourself, ask more questions if you have them.

Ask questions. There’s going to be a lot of information thrown at you during the sessions. If you’re confused or want clarification, there will be time at the end of the presentation to ask questions. Sometimes, there’s a panel of professions who are just there to take questions about specific industry. Utilize the opportunity and ask as many questions as possible.

Choose wisely. There are probably at least four sessions going on at once during each workshop time. Don’t just pick a session because it’s where all the others from EMU are going or because the speaker is cool.

Pick something that you want to hear about or need help with. If you really need resume advice, go to a session about perfecting your resume. If you’re really interested in travel PR, then go to that session. There are a bunch of options – make sure you choose what’s best for you!

Make the connection. One of my favorite parts about National Conference is the career exhibition during the last full day of the conference. During this session, a bunch (and I mean a LOT!) of agencies, businesses, graduate schools, etc. set up for students to meet and greet.

Kinda like a career fair. You get to go around and learn about each company and talk to recruiters. Make that connection with the recruiter! Get in their head and give them your business card and resume. Pitch yourself.

Experience the culture. Any time you travel to a conference, you always want to get out and experience the city, but if you’re like me, you feel obligated to attend as many sessions as possible.

But, take it from me, it’s OK to skip a session so you can go see the historic landmarks and experience the culture of a place you’ve never been before. Especially if it is somewhere you’ve never been and don’t think you’ll ever get experience again. Learning doesn’t just take place sitting and listening to a lecture or a panel. 

Emily Vontom
President
EMU PRSSA